Arctic Geology (AG)
The unique geology of Svalbard and its present-day cryosphere provide superb opportunities to study geoscience. The Arctic Geology courses at UNIS are therefore built to take full advantage of having a high Arctic field setting on our doorstep. Hands-on field activities are closely integrated with state-of-the-art classroom education and, during your stay, you will become part of a vibrant international geology and physical geography community of Arctic-focused research.
The geological evolution of Svalbard is recorded in spectacular geological sequences spanning the Precambrian to the Cenozoic, and overlain by Quaternary glacial and interglacial deposits. Easily accessible outcrops make it possible to demonstrate the interplay of continental drift with tectonic, glacial, periglacial, coastal, fluvial, and marine sedimentary processes.
There is, for instance, a long history of past climate variations in Svalbard’s geological record. There are pre-Cambrian glacial tills that formed when Svalbard was located on the Southern Hemisphere, organic rich Mesozoic rocks which were deposited at equatorial latitudes, and Quaternary glacial and interglacial marine and terrestrial deposits from its recent Arctic situation. Large parts of the archipelago are currently covered by glaciers, and there is continuous permafrost within ice-free areas, and even below some of the glaciers. The close proximity of present-day geological, glacial, periglacial, marine, and terrestrial processes provides an exciting field laboratory as the basis for study.
Bachelor Courses overview
Master Courses overview
|ID||Course Name||Duration||Start Date|
|AG-822||AG-822 Fold and Thrust Belts and Foreland Basin Systems (10 ECTS)||Spring semester (April - May), every second year. Next course: 2024.|
|AG-823||AG-823 Sequence Stratigraphy – a Tool for Basin Analysis (10 ECTS)||Autumn semester (August–September), every second year||August 2, 2021|
|AG-825||AG-825 Glaciology (10 ECTS)||Spring semester (January – March), annually.||January 30, 2023|
|AG-826||AG-826 Arctic Quaternary Environments (10 ECTS)||Autumn semester (September–October), annually||September 27, 2022|
|AG-830||AG-830 Permafrost and Periglacial Environments (10 ECTS)||TBA|
|AG-834||AG-834 Arctic Basins and Petroleum Provinces (10 ECTS)||Spring semester (April–May), every second year. Next course: 2024.|
|AG-835||AG-835 Arctic Seismic Exploration (10 ECTS)||Spring semester (March - April), every second year.||March 6, 2023|
|AG-836||AG-836 Rift Basin Reservoirs: From Outcrop to Model (10 ECTS)||Autumn semester (August - September), every second year||August 22, 2022|
|AG-838||AG-838 Sedimentology Field Course – from Depositional Systems to Sedimentary Architecture (10 ECTS)||Autumn semester (June–July), every second year||June 4, 2021|
|AG-842||AG-842 The Marine Cryosphere and its Cenozoic History (10 ECTS)||Spring semester (April–May), every second year||April 17, 2023|
|AG-848||AG-848 Arctic Late Quaternary Glacial and Marine Environmental History (10 ECTS)||Autumn semester (August–September), annually. Cancelled 2022.|
|AG-849||AG-849 Geological Constraints on CO2 Storage (5 ECTS)||Autumn semester (August), annually||August 1, 2022|
|AG-850||AG-850 Arctic Glaciers and Landscapes (10 ECTS)||Autumn semester (July–August), every second year. Cancelled 2021. Next course: TBA|
|AG-851||AG-851 Arctic Tectonics and Volcanism (10 ECTS)||Spring semester (April - June), annually||April 25, 2023|